Self defense for the introverted

Tai Chi, like any other group activity, suffers from a certain attrition. People come to class, try it out for a bit, and then leave. Other students immediately “get it” and stay for years. There is no clear rhyme or reason to this. Some get it , and some...

• Tai Chi in History, Part Two

The Cultural Revolution created a massive break in Chinese culture. From then on there was a Before and After when talking about Chinese culture. The last 50 years have been an attempt to rediscover traditional Chinese culture. Thankfully China has been a literate...

• Tai Chi in History

There are many stories on the origins of Tai Chi, most of which try to link the modern forms to some ancient source. But there are a few, more recent, events that are perhaps more relevant. All modern Tai Chi has been impacted by two major events: The fall of the Qing...

The Three Bodies

A core idea of Taoism is the concept of Sancai, or the trinity of the universe. The number three reflects the generating power, the imbalance of forces needed to move forward. In the Tao Te Ching we see:   The Tao gives birth to One. One gives birth to Two. Two gives...

• Circles and Squares

Another core idea is that one uses: Circles to Deflect, Squares to Attack This means that moves that are considered offensive will follow straight lines. Moves that are defensive will be circular. Defensive Moves are Ward Off and Roll Back. These two moves are...

• The Multiple Dimensions of Tai Chi Practice

One of the more fascinating aspects of Tai Chi is its multi-dimensionality. I often view it as a giant three-dimensional puzzle, with rotating parts composed of physical moves, energy centers, emotional states and spiritual components. There are two core ideas that...